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that first came to us with this issue, because he was leaving his recycling on the corner and was having problems with having to clean up the sidewalks every morning. so it is those types of issues that, you know, i am hoping we can work with your office on. i know that some of the recycling centers that come to mind is certainly the one on market and the safeway center. there is the hank recycling center which probably services a bunch of the small businesses in the haight. those are some of these services the which it probably think twice before removing. >> correct. understanding that removal of those will then put the burden on the small businesses to comply with the state regulation. supervisor olague: and because it is not "their fault" that people are sort of leaving, you
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know, some things on the sidewalk, i do not think they should be fined. . >> and often with these types of state regulations, there really designed and developed with a more suburban environment in mind. so i think, working with sfe and recology if we need to work with the state to create special requirements to san francisco due to our unique city, i am happy to work on that as well. supervisor olague: grade, thank you. i'd like to open it up for public comment at this time. with 81 like to speak to this issue? -- would anyone like to speak to this issue? >> tom is my name. i am president. -- i am a resident of the
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fillmore heritage, which is a condo complex. what i am concerned about is the noise when the illegal scheme address come in the middle of the night right outside my window -- the illegal scavengers, in the middle of the night right outside my window, and it weeks me up during the middle of the night. the reason these guys have access is because recology forces the businesses in the buildings and the homeowners association to leave the recycling out on the streets in these dumpsters. what would be preferred iis if they could collect it from the secure loading docks we have at the building.
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that building was recently designed and built. but for some reason, recology refuses to collect from those loading docks. they say it is further than 100 feet away or they do not have access. [bell rings] because there is only one man on the trek to the time. what needs to happen is that recology needs to collect from the secure loading docks that are made for that purpose. that would also solve the new since of -- new sense of homeless people scattering trash and visibility problems and the other issues. [bell rings] supervisor olague: thank you. we have a representative here today, so we will check with
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them on that. thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. i am executive director of civic center community benefit district. i want to thank supervisor awlaki. we had the meeting with members of her office. members of recology. someone who has been working at the van ness, our office on the first floor across from the house for the blind. every day between 43:30 to 6:30, the caravan starts. there is heated arguments about how much of the cans are worth, and there are pushing and shoving, and i am worried about the escalation of potential violence. i think that is bad for any neighborhood, whether it is near the civic center or in any of
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the neighborhood. i do not have the answers to solve the problems, but i want to put that out there because i think it is a misperception that it is the elderly lady pushing her cart and picking up cans and bottles on the side of the road. yes, she is doing that, but there's also an element of danger because other people see the value of cans and bottles. i think there is the financial incentive. until you can figure out a way to make that work or not work, we're still going to have that problem. we also get e-mails and phone calls from residents and merchants in this area about the late night scavenging. [bell rings] not everyone has a loading dock. i think that is a great idea for apartment buildings. that is what they do in my apartment building. but the small businesses do not have loading docks. there has to be some way to make this work, but i thank you for bringing this to the committee and i look forward to working
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with you on it. thank you. supervisor olague: thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. i'm tyrone, a resident of hayes valley. along with myself and a couple other members, we were able to come together and start a community owned and operated business. we specialize in doing recycling and composting in low- income housing units, multi- family units. i am here today to speak on the importance of having an opportunity to do some recycling in the neighborhood where, especially coming up in the projects and stuff, it was really dirty, and having the opportunity along with my neighbors and people that live with me and grew up with me to get back to our community in a different way. we have three sites are in now and are trying to expand. we started from nothing and have come together as young men and women and have business
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development means, developing relationships with recology, department of environment, oewd. we started with seven or eight employees. we have 17 to 18 employees now. we are in charge of the marketing process. these brochures are uniform. and we just want to be a part of the fight to help san francisco reach the zero waste initiative by 2020. >> i am dave, co-founder fort greene streets. i wanted to kind of piggyback what he was saying. we also educate neighbors, too, about what to do with their waste. we also deal with the recycling poachers. we deal with those issues, too. we have to lock our bins because of some of that. we have to protect the waste
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that we sort. to recology and the department of environment, there were instrumental on educating us so we can educate our neighbors about what to do with the waste and how important it is to recycle and to integrate that into their homes. like he said, it is taking place at three sites. two in the western addition and one in the mission district. we can definitely -- we share some of those frustrations with recology as well. >> hello. my name is shannon. i am fairly new to marine streets. my experience has been very pleasant. they give me the opportunity to work on the marketing team as we have been sorting the bins, we figured out the going door to door, using valley recycling, is
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a good way to educate residents. also, let them know the importance of recycling, as well as composting. we have been very successful with diverting the amount of waste that is going out. i am going to show you guys. >> can they bring that in a little bit bigger to show our successes? you can pass it around. i wanted to close and say that we have worked over two years now trying to get the model down and we're doing a really good job. we have had success at all three sites. it is a plea to supervisors so
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we can work with you guys so we can expand it and get into other low-income properties throughout the city and put some folks to work and reduce the waste. supervisor olague: yeah, yes are really impressed by your program. i think it is a shining example of what we can be doing more in the city. what i am hoping to do is maybe had a conversation, either in the public forum or the private, you know, to meet with some of the interested parties here today. recology, small business people, and the cbc, civic center. it would be great if you guys could be part of the conversation so we can figure out more solutions. some will be legislative, and some may just be partnerships. even though your focus is on public housing, perhaps a conversation with the cbc, there might be ways of assisting on hayes street, who knows.
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that would be great. so definitely we will have to have a meeting or a second hearing to look at solutions. thank you for being here and doing great work. >> thank you for having us. >> good morning, supervisors. how're you doing this morning? i live in the tenderloin. i was complaining a lot about the scavengers going into the blue bins and the trash being everywhere. thank heavens we have the people that walk around the city in the tenderloin. they be in the blue jumpsuits. not sure who pays for that, but they do a great job. i do not know, maybe the recycling people can do like the post office does, have a master key.
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i heard that only one person is on a truck. i just found that out. and they can go in there and pull the recycling bins out. like what was said, everybody don't put the recycling in the blue bins. the use the other ones also. but maybe that is the trick. maybe there can be a master key. especially when there is a side gate that they come out of. i want to thank the captain out of the tenderloin police department because he is really working with the people in the area. you can just give him a call and he will come out. also, the people with the trucks, maybe license of them. because you license the food trucks. because you are taking business away from the regular sit-down restaurants anyway, so you
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license the trucks selling the food out there, so you might as well license the people that be around city hall here buying their recycling things. why not? that is about it. the thing is, there's just trash everywhere. i do not know if you remember when frank jordan was in office, but there was a big rat population. [bell rings] rats everywhere on market street. in the end, we got rid of the big also celebrate, especially when walking in the tenderloin at night. i don't be afraid of the drug dealers. i'd be afraid of threats coming at me. they're coming back because there is so much trash. so please look into this, you know, and find ways we can work with it, because i think this city is losing money and i do not know how much the city gets. you know, if they are getting money for have or whatever, but i would like to find out exactly
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how much. [bell rings] supervisor olague: thank you. >> good morning. i need a translator. supervisor olague: ok. >> good morning, supervisors. i work at a recycling center. i would like to remind you of
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the important and implemental worked as some members of the chinese community performed by picking up bottles and cans from the city's streets, parks, and commercial establishments. those people pick up the recyclable items from sunset, chinatown, and this is illegal. it affects my job at the recycling center.
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unfortunately, this activity has been confused with criminal behavior, such as the recyclable threat. it affects the recycling center and makes me lose my job.
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please support more recycling centers in the city and do not lead this will close before replacement can be opened. thank you. supervisor olague: thank you. >> good morning, supervisors. i am executive director of bayview hunters point foundation for community improvement. human waste is always complex, and by virtue of being human, it is political. no one knows that more intimately than those of us who live in bayview. we have the sewage treatment plant. we are home to recology and several other kinds of bottles and cans to a large metal. it is interesting that when you push on one part of the system, other parts of the system support. if -- other parts of the system squirt. if you went to bayview hundred.
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today, what you would find around candlestick park in areas south of the third street is folks to dump their stuff there because they can do it undetected. this is a problem that is more complex than just the four clubs we see in our committee picking up bottles and cans. this has to do with the complexity of human waste that we need to address comprehensively. so i support comments from the small business. we need to look at this in a way of involving communities to my community-based organizations. it is clear that there is a retail value in moving in this direction, but we must do it in a way that enables those of us at bayview hunters point foundation to live out our mission to develop a community that is clean and safe and healthy. thank you.
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>> good morning, supervisors. i am with the 30th street neighborhood watch. i am also in the recycling theft task force, and i have been working here for about one year, with seven cisco police and homeless advocates. larceny is not about financial planning. stealing is no different than shoplifting and this is not a victimless crime. this is staffed from the ratepayers, would pick up the extra costs. this is not a victimless crime. it brings strangers to our private property. who can distinguish between someone who is committing robbery and who is committing a theft. this is also accompanied by
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needles and filth and other things. this degrades the neighborhoods and the quality of life. it is unreasonable to be disturbed by the entire card being put into a trap. there were a couple of fights on my short block last night that were violent and resulted in broken grass -- broken glass on the side wall. this is not a victimless crime. this is the most commonly witnessed crime, and lowers the respect for law enforcement, making use of stolen property that is left miles away from the normal location. scavenging is organized crime, and there are 100 trucks on the road every night, picking up everywhere that they use
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telephones, anyway, so, we oppose the increase -- and i would actually like to see the elimination. >> thank you. >> good morning. i am on the same working group that he is on, and he has been working on that for about one year. i would repeat everything that he has just said. i have watched blue bins tipped into trucks, and money passed from the drivers to the people picking up the trash out of my bins, your bins, everyone in here. again -- i really welcome
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you opening this dialog. there are a lot of parties brought to this. they are made aware of things they were not aware of. organized crime. the closing of the potential -- hayes valley, i was recently made aware of that. géi appreciate that you're opeg this dialog. thank you. >> john froy with netcycle recycling. we operate nine of those. thsoe 9 sites are overburdened. we support on exempting the exempt zones in san francisco, spanning the recycling for
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consumers. antying we can do to help, we're here to help. >> thank you. >> my name is rod, i am the president of replanet. we operate three recycling centers, one free-standing on bayshore. i would echo what john said, we are more than happy to entertain a conversation with all the parties that are involved. the company i work with is the largest buyback operator in the state. we have 400 locations in california, employing 700 people. it is very difficult to work in the confines of the law.
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satisfying the neighbors and constituents that we work with on a daily basis. it is important to remember the right and the convenience to recieve the redemption is a very important consideration. we have pushed over $40 million in redemption value back to the community, and we employed numerous employees during that time. we began with nine recycling centers back in 1996, and we only operate three of them today. we are overburdened and expanding in ways -- we're happy to help. >> thank you.
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>> changing the keys on the city garbage cans, i see people with actual keys to an open them and recycle them. to educate the building managers and businesses, and bringing the recycling items -- this is a health issue. we see people walking around. also, more recycling options need to be created. so that as the population is growing, we have a million people coming into the community
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every day. i want to commend the current immune system, they are doing what they can with the budget they have. since we created the cbd's, we say, let them take care of this problem. first it is the city -- the public works dealing with it. you may as well go through the cbd's and have them come up with the campaign. that's what they're for. what they are dealing with. >> from the haite-ashbury
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council. i want to remind you of the march 8, 2011 ordinance that was passed by the board of supervisors, calling for a comprehensive parks recycling program, using the recycling center. establish and independent recycling center master plan. request that parks and rec negotiate in good faith with the recycling center. people picking up recyclables help keep the city clean. we need more local places to take those bottles and cans and other waste. recycling centers are an
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important part of the waste goal. and in dealing with the redemption value -- they take materials that don't fit in new blue bins, and cooking oils not taken by the blue bins, and provide cash back to people as the state law says people can get their deposits back. thank you. >> my name is david -- and i am biased, but i want to express what green streets has done. we have had recycling issues that all failed, and we went from zero recycling compost, to
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60%, all through the efforts of green streets. a great public-private partnership. they have signed contracts to do this for five years. the young men and women developed this from the beginning. we deal with some of the core issues. i want to say "thank you" and i look forward to working with you. >> thank you. >> i am john nulty. the city took away all of the corner trashcans. we had
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